1998 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4.3 Vortec from North America


Love this rig


The fuel pump left me stranded in a clear-cut a few years ago. Had it repaired, but it went out again in the city this time last fall.

The transmission I repaired in 2008, then again in 2013, and it again is in the Aamco shop as I write. It's just so noisy, but it always works. I am just very concerned that when we have a catering gig it will break down, leaving us stranded, causing us to miss that gig.

The engine was replaced about 6 years ago, but that was operator error for not checking the fluids. That 6 cylinder engine was out of a Blazer where everything was mounted on the wrong side, and needed to be remounted on the correct side.

Brakes were replaced as was the master cylinder. And the windshield needs to be replaced but hasn't been.

Replaced all the O2 sensors and a totally burnt out catalytic converter.

General Comments:

Love my truck. A 5 speed manual transmission hooked to a 6 cylinder engine, getting me about 20 MPG.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th May, 2016

1998 Chevrolet Silverado C1500 5.7 V8 350 from North America


Silver Machine that keeps on going; a match for Japanese engineering


Hardly anything! It's never left me stranded.

The passenger side rear light cluster circuit board failed, causing the right-turn signal to be unusable. I opened it up myself and saw it was rotted / worn out. A new one was only $$ and I had the part the next day, which I fitted myself.

Aircon was regassed and it blows cold air.

General Comments:

Fantastic. I was losing my faith in American cars. First I'd owned a Dodge Durango, then a Ford Explorer. The latter of which broke down (transfer case issues).

The Silverado really is a silver machine! :) It seems to keep on going, doesn't miss a beat. I travel a lot in it; it's not just a city-machine, it needs to be taken out into the wilderness.

Having said that, my machine isn't a 4x4 version so it's not ideal for off-roading. Ideally I'll have to get some snow tires or chains for this coming winter.

For long distance work I've not had any issues, and the comfort for 1000 mile+++ hauls is nice too. Not quite Cadillac, but not uncomfortable either.

If I'm roughing it, I can at a pinch sleep in the back, but that's not ideal compared to the bigger versions in later years.

The engine doesn't miss a beat! I had no idea I had the uber-version of engines for the Silverado. After 2000 the 350 wasn't an option either. The engine does drink a bit of oil as it's old and has low-medium mileage.

I normally change the oil every 5,000 miles too along with the filter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2016

1998 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 350 from North America


The most reliable vehicle I've ever owned


Replaced fuel pump at 200,000 miles.

Replaced rear axle at 250,000 miles.

Replaced door handles at 345,000 miles.

Replaced brake lines at 320,000 miles.

General Comments:

Most reliable vehicle I've ever owned.

Still has the same tranny.

Only normal wear and tear, and the rear axle was replaced after an accident.

It is my baby, and I am forever a Chevy believer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2013

1998 Chevrolet Silverado 5.7L Vortec from North America


Love it


Bought the truck with bad head gaskets for $400.

Also needed new tires and brake rotors from sitting.

Had to replace the fuel pump about 30k ago.

Inner handles tend to break easy.

Doors are heavy and sag after time.

A/C panel has mind of its own.

Ball joints need to be replaced often.

Back brakes have been bad since I bought it. I need to fix that ASAP.

Once in a while it blows an ignition fuse? And a brake light burns out once in a while.

Best truck I have ever owned. Will keep it as long as possible. Parts are cheap and the truck halls ass.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2012